Updated: Aug 28, 2020
The holidays have arrived! I truly love this time of year. There are so many reasons that I can think about, but for the most part it comes down to one word - Anticipation.
I love new beginnings, new projects and new ideas. So as we are edging closer to a new year, I find my self getting busy with the anticipation of a new year. I've always loved setting "goals" and planning - I LOVE PLANNING and ORGANIZING! And purchasing a new calendar or planning out a new project? Can you say LOVE?
I also love the idea of baking, making things, and getting crafty. Although truth be known it also makes me a little anxious thinking of all that I want to do, but then realizing all that I can (or can't) do. I love the idea of getting together with friends and family. I love seeing the little ones eyes light up? The decorations, the music!
I'm also excited this year because I have a sense of hope that I just haven't felt in a long time. This hope isn't easily conjured. In fact, I have put in a lot of prayer, a lot of listening and a lot of self-reflecting and self-control just to get to this point. But I feel like "in the first time in forever" (in my best Anna from Frozen voice), I'm feeling more optimistic, more in control, more optimistic about life in general. The past few years have been a weird mashing up of lots of unresolved inner conversations that I'm finally feeling strong enough to get out.
It's also helped to have amazing community and resources around me and my family. It seems like I have been perfectly situated in this space, at this time and for that I'm so thankful.
So with a renewed spirit, I find myself smiling and enjoying this time of year. Counting my blessings and looking forward to the season. How about you?